Exploring South Korea’s Petite France (쁘띠프랑스)

Petite France South Korea

Petite France is a small French culture village in South Korea where you will get to experience various European cultures. It is also the filming location of several K-dramas such as ‘Secret Garden’, ‘You Who Came From The Stars’, ‘Beethoven Virus’, and variety shows like ‘Running Man’.

Petite France South Korea
Petite France South Korea
The first time I heard about Petite France was when I was watching a Korean variety show called “Running Man”. If you aren’t watching it, then you should be now! It’s hilarious. Seriously. Go watch it. I’m not kidding. I grant you permission to stop looking at this blog post to do a Google Search on Running Man. Done? Then let’s continue with this blog post.

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IMG_4863Petite France was smaller than I expected but I love the look of everything. The colourful buildings, the beautiful greenery and flower beds. It does kind of give you a sense of being in a small village somewhere in Europe, although you can also feel it’s not the real thing.

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The concept of Petite France encapsulates ‘flowers, stars, and the Little Prince.’ The Little Prince, which is in the picture above, is a novella and the famous work of French aristocrat, writer, poet and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

While exploring the village, you’re bound to find The Little Prince artwork on the walls of some of the buildings.

IMG_4870If the weather is good, the Outdoor Theatre will have some performances like a Magic Mime or a Music Concert. But I guess I might have missed the performance sessions in the short time I was there.

IMG_0083I really like the look of the Fountain Plaza. You’ll find it as you pass a narrow alley on the right side of the Outdoor Theatre. There is a small canteen there but it is pretty pricey so I would suggest bringing a bottle of water and a light lunch rather than buying something to eat there. Think of it as having a picnic in “little Europe”.

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I really like the stone stairs beside this house and the flowers around it. It’s so pretty!

IMG_4882I know the flowers look a little dead here but it had been a few really hot summer days.

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IMG_488520140701_142821IMG_4886IMG_4889IMG_4890 IMG_489120140701_142402IMG_4892I happened to see this and thought it was really cute. I knew I had to snap a photo, especially when I saw Charmander and Squirtle.

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There were standees from ‘Secret Garden’ (left) and ‘You Who Came From The Stars’.

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When I saw this mini Eiffel Tower, I couldn’t help but laugh. Of course you would need to have an Eiffel Tower in a French village. It seemed very out of place having it there though.

Overall, this place isn’t that bad. It would have been better if they had people wearing vintage french costumes to add to the theme of the place. Spending about an hour or two would be just about enough to have a look around.

If you’re into traditional French decorations and antiques that you see in medieval movies, you can visit the Antique Gallery, the French Traditional House Gallery, and the House of European Dolls French Miniature Village. If you’re creeped out by antique porcelain dolls, I would skip the last one. I did and I did not regret it one bit. There’s just something really creepy about them.

You can also look for the main filming location of the popular k-drama ‘Beethoven Virus’ where you can find autographs of all the characters and feel like part of the drama with the remaining film set.

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Here’s a panorama.

How To Get There
Via Expressway between Seoul and Chuncheon
From Olympic Bridge in Seoul or Misari → Expressway between Seoul and Chuncheon → Hwado Interchange (1,700 KRW) → From Chuncheon and Cheongpyeong → Pass Daeseong-ri → From Cheongpyeong Dam to direction of Goseong-ri and Homyeong-ri, travel about 10km and arrive at Petite France (Takes about 50 minutes).

Subway
1. Get off at Cheongpyeong Station (Gyeongchun Line), go to Cheongpyeong Terminal (Takes about 10 minutes on foot) and then take the bus to Goseong-ri.
2. Get off at Cheongpyeong Station (Gyeongchun Line), ride on the “Circular bus to Gapyeong Tourist Stops”.

Bus
Take the intercity bus from the East Seoul Terminal and Sangbong Terminal, take off at Cheongpyeong Terminal and then take the bus to Goseong-ri.

Admission Fees
Adults : 8.000 KRW / Group : 6,000 KRW
Youths : 6,000 KRW / Group : 5,000 KRW
Children : 5,000 KRW / Group : 4,000 KRW
* Group : 20 people or more.

HOW sign - amanda

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